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The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (zimsec) 2020 Grade Seven results are out.

Zimsec board chairman Professor Eddie Mwenje announced their release during a virtual media conference yesterday.

Prof Mwenje said candidates will start accessing their results online via zimsec website today, using either smartphones or computers.

“The 2020 national pass rate is 37,11 percent, which is lower than the 2019 national pass rate, which was 46,9 percent,” he said. “This translates to a decrease of 9,79 percent.”

Prof Mwenje said the number of candidates who sat for the Grade Seven 2020 examinations was 327 559 (167 602 females and 159 957 males), a 1,35 percent increase compared to 323 207 the preceding year.

“Like in 2019, indigenous languages, again, recorded high subject pass rates when compared to performances in English, Mathematics, Agriculture and General Paper,” he said.

“While the pass rate in Shona, Ndebele, Nambya, Tshivenda, Xichangana and Kalanga were above 65 percent, Sesotho and Tonga were at 54,62 and 52,38 percent respectively.”

Prof Mwenje said there was an increase in Braille candidate entry as compared to 2019 cohort.

He extended gratitude to all those who were involved in the examination processes.

“zimsec received the much needed support from all stakeholders of this examination despite the Covid-19 global pandemic which necessitated many changes and heightened precautions in the writing and marking of this examination,” said Prof Mwenje.

“Particular mention goes to teachers, markers and staff from zimsec, Ministries of Primary and Secondary Education and Health and Child Care.

“The efforts and sacrifices by all involved have all contributed to the successful progression of the Zimbabwean education system for the betterment of our future generations.”

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